Who are we?

We are a team of highly motivated professionals, deeply interested in sustainable social and economic development of India. We are distinguished by our diverse professional backgrounds and our rich work experience as ex-staff members of The World Bank, United Nations, Indian Administrative Service, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, reputed Universities and other organizations of international repute. Please click on the pictures below to know more about our team members.

Vision

To improve the quality of life of community through environment-friendly solutions, drawing knowledge from global best practices and applying to local context.

Mission

To promote an environmentally conscious society.

Meet our Teams

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Dr Girija K Bharat

Founder Director

Dr Girija K Bharat, Director, Mu Gamma Consultants Pvt Ltd. has about 25 years of experience in conducting research on Water Supply and Sanitation, Water Quality Assessment, Water Resource Management and Environmental Management. She was a Fellow and Area Convenor of Water Resources Division of TERI till February 2015. Prior to joining TERI, she was a Presidential Scholar at George Mason University, Virginia, USA, where she has conducted innovative research on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). She has also been a Scientist in Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, CSIR.

She has a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Water Quality) and has authored 48 research and technical papers, book chapters, articles and policy briefs related to water and sanitation, water quality issues and published in reputed National and international journals such as Environmental International, Science of Total Environment, Environmental Pollution, Science Development Network, CNN-IBN, One World South Asia, American Chemical Society publications and others.

Dr Girija K Bharat
Founder Director
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Dr Gourisankar Ghosh

Director

Dr. Gourisankar Ghosh was a former member of the Indian Administrative Service of Gujarat Cadre he headed Gujarat Mineral development Corporation, Gujarat Dairy Development Corporation and was Director Geology and Mining. He was also the Chairman of Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board and Secretary Drinking water Supply when the severe drought of 1985 was handled so well in Gujarat that he was appointed as the founder Mission Director of the Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission, India (1986-1991). Before his retirement from the United Nations in 2006 he was the Executive Director of Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), WHO, Geneva. It is then he launched the global WASH campaign in the year 2000 resulting ultimately in the recognition of the sanitation goals as one of the UN millennium goals in the World Summit for Sustainable Development (Earth Conference), Johannesburg in 2002 where he was one of the selected few plenary keynote speakers. He was also a member of the subcommittee on water and sanitation of the UN MDG Task force. He was also the chair of UN Water. He was the Chief of Water Environment and Sanitation in UNICEF, New York for nearly a decade when the first ever-global strategy for Water and Sanitation for UNICEF was formulated in 1995.

Dr Gourisankar Ghosh
Director
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S. Vijay Kumar

Honorary Advisor

S. Vijay Kumar joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1976 with a Masters degree in Mathematics. He has served in various positions in the Central Government and in his State Cadre, Himachal Pradesh, where he has held District, Divisional and State level positions dealing with rural development, land management, municipal administration etc. In the Central Govt, he has been Director, National Wastelands Development Mission, Ministry of Environment and Forest, 1986-91; Joint Secretary in charge of the Government’s flagship programme, the Prime Ministers Rural Roads programme (called PMGSY), 2002- 05; Additional Secretary and Secretary, Ministry of Mines 2008-11, and finally, Secretary Ministry of Rural Development till his retirement in Sept 2013. Mr Vijay Kumar joined TERI in November 2013 as Distinguished Fellow and works on issues related to land, water and minerals. He has been appointed for a 3 year term commencingJune 2015 as a Member of the United Nations’ International Resource Panel (IRP) which considers issues relating to governance of resources and poverty and prepares science–based policy related reports on natural resource management, resource use efficiency and environmental impacts of resource use.

S. Vijay Kumar
Honorary Advisor
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Nina Badgaiyan

Advisor

Nina Badgaiyan is Senior Economist with Mu Gamma Consultancy Pvt Ltd. She has been a Knowledge Management Specialist with UNICEF and had varied experience in The World Bank, UNU-WIDER (Finland), ECON Dept, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, USA. She has rich experience in multiple sectors such as the Water & Sanitation, Education (Vocational Training and Primary), Health & Education. She has also provided technical support for the graduates tracer study as part of MP Higher Education Reforms Project. She has analyzed data, performed quality checks and provided support to the Skill and Employability Study Report. She has also been analyzing Nutrition Datasets of India, Bhutan and Pakistan and producing technical papers. She has also been working on multi country Inequality database for UNU-WIDER.

Nina has conducted evaluation studies of various Education Programs in USA. The studies especially focused on educational outcomes for the marginalized groups. Contributed to various academic papers. She is a Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics.

Nina Badgaiyan
Advisor
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Rajnish Kumar

Advisor

Rajnish Kumar, Ex-CEO of Fullerton Securities, a Wealth Advisory and Investments company owned by Temasek in India. Temasek Holdings is an investment company owned by the Government of Singapore and manages a net investment portfolio of S$266 billion mainly in Singapore and Asia. He has worked with HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank in various senior capacities in the past. Alumnus of National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur and Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow.

Rajnish has an entrepreneurial outlook and has demonstrated success in setting up and running new businesses. Some of his areas of interest include – technology in business, analytics, economy and markets, corporate governance and risk management.

Rajnish Kumar
Advisor
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Venkatesh Raghavendra (Venky)

Advisor

Venkatesh Raghavendra: Venkatesh is a social entrepreneur with nearly three decades of philanthropy, CSR and development experience. He has successfully built global partnerships and mobilized significant resources for a number of international and national organizations.

He is currently a consultant in the areas of philanthropy, fundraising and social entrepreneurship. His current and recent clients include the UK based Common Purpose www.commonpurpose.org, New York based American India Foundation www.aif.org,Open Society Foundations and Washington DC based Ashoka: Innovators for the Public Formerly Chief Philanthropy Officer of the American India Foundation (AIF) Venky strengthened the US-India philanthropic and ideas exchange by promoting major giving and investments from corporations, high net-worth individuals, diaspora communities, and others. He currently plays the role of AIF’s Senior Director of Philanthropy & Development. Prior to joining AIF, Venky was managing director of global partnerships at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, in Washington, DC. At Ashoka, Venky promoted social entrepreneurship around the world by collaborating with business entrepreneurs and foundations. He was also involved in supporting social entrepreneurs in achieving scale and in the creation of communities of social entrepreneurs. Venky is a trustee of Ashoka India and is on the board of several not-for-profits and is an advisor to several others. He writes frequently on social issues for a variety of media, including the Wharton Journal, Khaleej Times, Times of India, Indian Express, CNN-IBN and The Hindu, among others. He speaks regularly at a number of universities around the world on the topics of social entrepreneurship and innovation, cross-sectoral partnerships for community change, and philanthropy. He currently teaches social entrepreneurship to graduate-level students in the United States and in India.

Venkatesh Raghavendra (Venky)
Advisor
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Dr Asha Ashok Juwarkar

Senior Consultant

Dr. (Mrs.) Asha Ashok Juwarkar has about 33 years of experience in the field of Phytoremediation/bioremediation of degraded lands, Eco-friendly treatment for domestic and industrial wastewater management, soil pollution mitigation, and CO2 sequestration and mitigation. She played a key role in formulation of National Implementation Plan for POPs sponsored by UNIDO, and has expertise in sound management of PCB’s, PBDE’s and Dioxins & Furans. She was Ex Chief Scientist and Head, FNASc, Eco-System Division, and also Ex-Coordinator for Stockholm Convention Regional Centre on POPs for Asia Region at CSIR-NEERI. She was a Fellow at The National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad in 2009.

She has a Post-doctoral fellowship from University of Guelph, Canada, for Molecular Biology under DBT Associateship and Ph.D. (Microbiology) from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI). She has authored 92 research and 30 technical papers in reputed National and international journals. Under Stockholm Convention she was responsible for Projects, Workshops and Awareness programmes such as Capacity Building for Environmentally Sound Management of PCB oil and PCBs Containing Equipments at Ship Breaking Yard, Alang, Gujarat, India, Pilot testing of guidance for the review and updating of National Implementation Plan in India, Electronic interactive toolkit for environmentally sound management of industrial chemicals covered under Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions, Capacity building for promoting synergistic implementation of Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in Sri Lanka, Awareness programmes on POPs were conducted at different villages in India, Regional Stakeholder’s Meeting on Dioxins/Furans was conducted at CSIR-NEERI as a part of Centers activity.

She is the recipient of many prestigious national and international awards such as, Pitambar Pant National Environment Fellowship Award (MoEF, 2003), Priyadarshani Vrikshamitra Puruskar (CIL, 2000), Dubai International Award (2007) for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment (2007 & 2002), UN – HABITAT Award (MoUD, 2002), CSIR Technology Award (2002), and Women Bhaskar Award by Dainik Bhaskar Group (2012).

Dr Asha Ashok Juwarkar
Senior Consultant
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Dr Suseel Samuel

Advisor

Dr Suseel Samuel: A social development professional with Ph.D. degree in Social Work. He possesses knowledge and skills that are backed with extensive experience in policy support, program planning, use of participatory tools, project management, budgeting, programmatic and financial monitoring, training and capacity building of individuals and organizations, technical support to national programs and civil society organizations, networking and advocacy with governmental and non – governmental organizations and social research. 32 years of experience in social development in various sectors, mainly water and sanitation, community development, child development, HIV/AIDS, social research and social work education.

Worked in national and international organizations, projects in partnership with international funding agencies and also with government departments of water supply, sanitation, health and local government institutions in India. Attended several national and international training programs, workshops and conferences on various social development themes.

Dr Suseel Samuel
Advisor
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Dr M K N Yenkie

Advisor

Dr M K N Yenkie is a Professor in Chemistry, Laxminarayan Institute of Technology (LIT), R.T.M. Nagpur University. He has been teaching Under Graduate and Post Graduate students for over 37 years. He has many awards to his credit: Maharashtra State Best Teacher Award (2011-12), Tata Chemicals and Association of Chemistry Teachers appreciation award for promoting Chemistry (2010-11), German Academic Exchange Fellowship (1988-91), Distinguished Alumni Award of Post Graduate Department of Chemistry, R.T.M. Nagpur University.

Dr Yenkie has also held the position of Pro Vice Chancellor, R.T.M. Nagpur University, Registrar - R.T.M. Nagpur University, Director-in-Charge, Laxminarayan Institute of Technology, Director - Technology Park, R.T.M.N.U., Nagpur, Dean, Research & Development, L.I.T. He has a Ph.D Degree in Chemistry from Nagpur University and Post doctoral research fellowship from Institute fuer Thermische Verfahrenstechnik, Technical University of Clausthal, F.R. Germany, where he was a Visiting Scientist for 5 years. He has published more than 55 research papers in National & International Journals of repute.

Dr M K N Yenkie
Advisor
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Prof A M Khan

Advisor

Prof A M Khan, Prof and Head, National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi (Retd.) is an expert in behavioural change communication and IEC. He has about 33 years’ experience in various capacities including Director, Regional Director, Professor and Head of Social Sciences and others. He has been a faculty in behaviour change communication, IEC, IPC in Sanitation and is the recipient of Rastriya Gauraw Award.

Prof A M Khan
Advisor
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Prof Purnendu Kanti Das

Advisor

Prof Purnendu Kanti Das was the Head of the Department of Chemistry, M B B College, Agartala, Tripura. He was felicitated by the Government of Tripura for rendering distinguished service as a professor. He was also the General Secretary and President of Tripura Chemical Society, Tripura. He instituted the ‘Pyarimohan - Labanyaprava Memorial Research Fellowship’ in Tripura University for doing research work in Chemistry. He has published seven books and is presently working on publishing the life and works of Sir C. V. Raman and Madame Curie.

Prof Purnendu Kanti Das
Advisor
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Dr Debashish Goswami

Senior Consultant

Dr Debashish Goswami has a Ph.D on water resources management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and post-doctoral research experience in the University of Florida. He also has experience working in various projects in TERI, The World Bank and FAO. His expertise includes Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), agricultural water quality, ecosystem management, wetland conservation, irrigation management, and hydrologic modeling. He has been working in the water sector for over 15 years and has published several peer-reviewed papers in various international journals.

Dr Debashish Goswami
Senior Consultant
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Prapti Verma

Research Associate

Prapti Verma has been working since 3 years on Urban issues in India, more specifically in Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, Cleanliness, and Infrastructure in urban cities. She is an Economics graduate (Delhi University) and has completed her masters in Water Science and Governance from TERI School of Advanced Studies.
She is the supporting author for the report "State of Urban Water and Sanitation in India", published by TERI University, with funding from USAID and Coca-Cola, supported by The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI)
Previously, she worked for a year with GE Water and Process technologies on Urban Municipal and Industrial Water and Wastewater management for sustainable cities. Prapti also developed case studies of different cities and industries on how advanced technologies have helped them reduce their water footprint and increase wastewater recycling.

Prapti Verma
Research Associate
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Tarika Khanna

Consultant

Tarika Khanna: Tarika completed a Bachelor in Life Sciences majoring in Chemistry,Botany and Zoology and Masters in Natural Resources Management from New Delhi, India. In 2015, she completed a Master of Integrated Water Management from The University of Queensland and the International Water Centre, Australia along with 3 more renowned universities in Australia.

Previously, she worked with TERI and ICRIER in New Delhi before taking up a masters in Australia in 2014. She worked on projects in natural resources management, especially in the urban and rural water and sanitation sector. She possesses in-depth knowledge of the water and energy sector, water and environmental quality, water and ecosystem integrity and water and sanitation sector. She has played a stellar role in working with cross-disciplinary field specialists like water research experts, government officials and media personnel to produce video documentation of best practices in the sector for handling integrated water management projects. She also has hands-on experience in planning and arranging promotion and awareness programs on various themes.

Currently she is working as an International Consultant for International River Foundation (IRF) as a local coordinator for International River symposium being held in New Delhi in 2016.

Tarika Khanna
Consultant
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Saumya Shrivastava

Consultant

Saumya Shrivastava, has been consulting for The World Bank and FAO. An Agriculture professional (by qualification) and working for nearing a decade now in the water, agriculture and sanitation fields in various capacities with the World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organisation (F.A.O) of the UN, Government of India and State Governments. She has worked in related fields such as water, climate, health, Rural water supply systems, land resources sectors to acquire an in-depth and deep understanding of the subject matter, especially in context to implementation and project design perspective. Anchored one of the Water Security Projects technically aided by the World Bank, resulting in huge learning in rural WASH Sector.

Saumya is an MBA from Symbiosis, Pune and an avid reader, a traveler and above all being a women and a mother has given her more endurance and compassion towards the cause of the work, and see through the things from a gender perspective; and working in developmental sector strengthens this entire belief to a much higher degree.

Saumya Shrivastava
Consultant

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